Going Whole Log at Ambiente 2015 in Frankfurt

March 3, 2015



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Distilling down the top trends and themes from an international design fair the size of 60 football fields (that’s 1300 tennis courts) is not a simple endeavor. Nonetheless, as I trekked in Frankfurt mid-February through the massive designfest otherwise known as Ambiente,Read More…

Fiskars Announces Project Orange Thumb Community Garden Grant Recipients

March 2, 2015



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Now in its 13th year, Fiskars Project Orange Thumb® awards cash and garden tools to community groups across North America and Canada. I was honored to accept their invitation to be on their editorial board where I helped Read More…

Bike-Powered Coffee Shops Serving the Mobile Generation and the Environment

February 28, 2015



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Step aside Starbucks. There’s a new caffeinated kid on the block and she’s on a roll. With 50 cafés sold to 12 countries in nine months, the world’s smallest but fastest growing coffee chain is coming to a corner, or a curb, near Read More…

Better Homes and Gardens Names Urban Gardens One of Top Ten Gardening Blogs

February 25, 2015



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We’re thrilled to announce that Urban Gardens is a top ten finalist in the Gardening category for the Better Homes and Gardens 2015 Blogger Awards.

Editors received over 3,000 BHG reader nominations from which they selected ten finalists based on creativity, quality of … Read More…

Design-Centric Indoor Plant Lights For Urban Living

February 12, 2015



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I continue to be enamoured with Italian lighting design brand Bulbo, whose fashionably functional pieces I featured during my last BlogTour to Milan Design Week in April 2014.



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Bulbo will be exhibiting their design-centric LED-powered vegetable garden systems at LOFT, the future-oriented … Read More…

America Goes to Frankfurt: Ambiente 2015

February 2, 2015



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The United States will soon be exporting a bit of America to Frankfurt, Germany where it is this year’s partner country at Ambiente, one of the world’s most important design trade shows.



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American designer Scott Henderson’s Bud Vase for Mint.

Brooklyn, Read More…

Nesting Inside an Indoor-Outdoor Luxury Cocoon

January 28, 2015



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One way to tolerate winter is to view it as a type of cocoon from which we emerge in the spring more beautiful and full of life. Another approach would be to hide under blankets in flannel pajamas until you find yourself … Read More…

Five Tabletop Edible Gardens to Make You Swoon

January 17, 2015



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Brown thumbs beware, you may be in for an identity crisis. Growing indoor gardens has never been easier.

With the advancements in the technology and design for hydroponic and aquaponic gardening systems, we can take our pick of edible … Read More…

Project Orange Thumb Seeds Community Gardens

January 15, 2015



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Community gardens offer an opportunity to grow food collectively–great for those without their own land, and especially vital in areas where fresh produce may not be plentiful. But more importantly: community gardens improve the quality of people’s lives.



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Beyond Sowing and Growing
While they promote sustainable living … Read More…

Killer High Heels That Plant Seeds

January 8, 2015


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Imagine gardening in high heels. Sexy and dangerous, totally impractical, right?

While at the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition, Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, I spotted among the studded and bejeweled platforms, stilettos, wedges–and creations that could only be described as works of … Read More…

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